Can you believe I have been full-time blogging for a whole entire year!?!?!?!
Well, maybe you can, but I have a hard time believing it. A year ago in a pretty spontaneous decision I quit my job as the Art Director for an art publishing company (much fancier sounding than it was), and decided to take It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken from a hobby to my career. Can you say follow your dreams!
I was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I had from all of you as I took this leap of faith. Well, faith, a LOT of hard work, many hiccups, a little luck, a lot of side jobs, and here I am today. I'm actually doing it friends and it kind of shocks and amazes me.
Over this year I have manage to turn my passion into a real grown up person business, and I couldn't be prouder! (For real, if you ever meet me in person, I will endlessly talk about my blog and veganism, I apologize in advance).
So many things happened over this last year of blogging that I actually feel like a entirely new, happier, sparklier version of my former self.
Highlights From the Last Year:
I Got a Cookbook Deal.
I swear this could have been the only news I received all year and I would still be thrilled! I'm still bouncing off the walls excited about it. If you haven't heard the story about how I landed a cookbook deal with Appetite by Random House, check it out here.
I have been up to my
elbows tastebuds in recipe testing and it's going to be SOOO good. I can't wait to share all of these recipes with you. ...Actually I can because I need to finish writing them! I would say I am a solid 50% done writing the book at this point. Stay tuned because I am definitely going to be asking you guys for feedback once I have more thoughts collected.
Here are some sneak peeks of the recipes to come ↓↓↓
I became closer with my friends... and then they became vegan!
I am so much happier now that I have been in years, and that is in large part because I got a lot closer with my super amazing fantastic friends. Friends are awesome, amIright!?
Not only did I form better, stronger, awesomer, friendships, but hot dang they went vegan too! Before that I didn't have any friends that were vegan (except for all you lovely internet friends).
Ok so not ALL of my friends are vegan, but 60% of them in this picture are! This photo was taken at our bookclub, (more fun things we started in the year). If you are wondering about the one dude, that's my cousin who is vegan, and he just came for the food. Ha!
This was a huge change for me, because not only did I have people that I felt truly understood me, but I now feel so much more confident in being vegan. You might be surprised that someone who started a blog on the topic, wasn't always that confident.
Having friends who share your beliefs really helps make you stronger and more confident in who you are. I really couldn't ask for more.
I Invented BDVG (Bad Date Vegan Game).
This year I have been rockin' the single life (and loving it P.S.)
As a blogger, I don't really meet a lot of people in my day to day life... well, people that are actually in the same room as me anyways. So, I have been hanging out in the bizarre world of Tinder.
If any of you have been on Tinder, or any other online dating app, or even a blind date, you know that each and every date is a total gamble. They may seem good on paper, but once you meet them, even if they are nice, it's pretty easy to tell if there is any chemistry within the first few minutes.
Now obviously you don't want to be rude so you stay for a drink and make awkward chit chat.
So what's this BDVG. The rules are simple: the moment I realize that there is no chemistry for me, I switch my goals over from flirting, to inspiring them to go vegan. Now even bad dates are fun!
I can't know for sure (because I am certainly not going to contact these dudes), but I'm pretty sure I convinced at LEAST one person to go veg! Veganizing the world one cute dude at a time, muhahahahaha!
I Started a YouTube Channel & Won a Contest!
I finally made the switch from still life to motion picture. Ooooh fancy! So make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss out on all the fun.
I think YouTube is going to be the perfect platform to show you how I make delicious recipes, and show you some more fun things, like my latest video where I show you what I eat in a day:
I'm so super excited to say that I will going to to Prince Edward Island (any readers from out there?) with 4 other winners to film a cooking video with Chef Michael Smith. Gah! So much fun.
Thank you so, so much to all of you who watched this video, shared it, liked it, and left a comment. If you haven't seen my first video, you can watch my audition for the #LoveLentils competition here.
And So Much More!
- I have been loving getting into shape by lifting heavy things. I actually just cleaned out my closet because most of my clothes are too big for me now. Feeling fit!
- I got an awesome roommate (the pretty chick beside me in the group photo above). Yes, she is vegan. 😉
- I started getting recognized as an influential blogger and got invited to fun parties ↓↓↓
- I finally joined the world of Snapchat, and now I love it! Username: bonappetegan
- and many more little tidbits that make each and every day an adventure.
I'm so very happy that I decided to quit my job that day, and as much as it has been a fight and a struggle, it was definitely the right decision for me. I can't wait to see what comes in this next year of full-time blogging!